Welcome to Grove Farm
Grove Farm and the Waioli Mission House museums are Open for Guided Tours!
We are excited to welcome visitors to Grove Farm and the Waioli Mission House to share the rich and diverse history of Kauai!
Reservations are required for the tours
at both museums.
Grove Farm museum two hour walking tours are held on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
At the Waioli Mission House walking tours will be held when guides are available.
For a reservation at the mission house
please call (808) 826-1528
We are currently holding a food drive to benefit the
Kauai Independent Food Bank.
If you are able, please bring a non-perishable food item to help those
who may require a little assistance this year.
The most needed items are rice, pasta and pasta sauce, soups and stews, Hamburger Helper, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, cereal and oatmeal, seed/nut butter, saimin packets or Cup Noodles, and shelf stable tofu.
We truly appreciate your generosity!
The Board of Trustees of Waioli Corporation are excited to announce
the appointment of
Taliaferro Jones as the new Executive Director, effective November 2nd, 2022.
Taliaferro (Tali) Jones, was previously the Executive Director of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Project Manager of the Canadian Pavilion of the Cheongiu Craft Biennale, the largest exhibition of Canadian craft in the last twenty-five years. Through her own boutique cultural consultancy Taliaferro has worked with museums in North America, Argentina and Spain. Taliaferro’s most recent work was pro-bono consulting for Reef Guardians of Kauai. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Museum Studies program she brings a wealth of connections, industry best practice and experience to the Waioli Corporation.
Taliaferro’s family has had a presence on Kauai for over fifty years where she spent much of her childhood.
She married her husband in Hanalei in 2006. Since 2020 they and their children have made Kauai their permanent home.
Sam Pratt, President of the Board of Trustees, said: “The board would like to express our deep gratitude to
Julie McLeod for her excellent work during the recent months when the organization was without an Executive Director.
We are very excited to welcome Taliaferro Jones to the Waioli Corporation ‘Ohana as the new Executive Director. Taliaferro not only brings a wealth of experience from her leadership in the not-for-profit sector, but also deep family roots in Kauai combined with a love for Kauai’s history and culture. We
wish her every success in her new role.”
Sugar cane was the chief agricultural industry on Kauai for over 150 years. Providing one of the last authentic experiences of Kauai’s sugar cane heritage, Grove Farm continues today in its arrangement and operation as it did as a developing center of a 19th century Hawaii sugar plantation. Acquired in 1864 by George N. Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers, Grove Farm is a beautifully preserved one hundred acre homestead in the center of Lihue that includes the original plantation main house, owner’s cottage, guest cottage, old office, as well as other resident and plantation workers’ housing camp. The ongoing active household and farm with its animals, gardens, banana patches and pastures, maintain the same cleaning and agricultural schedules and practices that were established in the 1870’s.
George Norton Wilcox
Through his engineering training at Sheffield Scientific School (Yale) he transformed Grove Farm from a small 900 acre struggling farm to a thriving sugar plantation which he incorporated as Grove Farm Company in 1921. His ingenuity and keen economic intuition helped him to develop a global-investment interest.
Mabel I. Wilcox
The youngest child of Sam and Emma Wilcox's six children, she was determined to study nursing, to help with her mother's fragile health, and graduated from John's Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1911. Shortly after graduation she served with the American Red Cross in France during the First World War. Both she and her sister Elsie saved the family history and homes as just part of their visionary legacy to Kauai.